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Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan sent to institutional quarantine after violating rules

The brothers, along with Sohail Khan's son Nirvaan, had returned from Dubai on Monday but went home instead of agreeing to be quarantined in a hotel. 

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has placed actor-producer Sohail Khan, his son Nirvaan and brother Arbaaz Khan under institutional quarantine after the trio broke the COVID rules put in place for air travel. The trio arrived in Mumbai on 25 December from Dubai but refused to stay in a hotel for the quarantine period as required by the BMC rules. 

The BMC filed an FIR (first information report) at the Khar police station against the trio under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code [Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant] read with section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act on the basis of a complaint by the BMC medical officer. The trio had tested negative but was asked to stay in quarantine for safety reasons.

The Mid-Day compact newspaper stated that the trio had assured the officers that they would quarantine themselves at the Taj Lands End but instead went straight to their Bandra residence, which resulted in the filing of the FIR. The paper quoted a Mumbai police public relations officer as saying, "A BMC health official approached us and we registered a case under section 188 of the IPC read with section 3 of the Epidemics Diseases Act. They returned from Dubai on 25 December and were asked to quarantine themselves in a hotel but they went home and violated the rules." 

Health ministry norms issued in view of the pandemic require returnees from the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates to undergo week-long institutional quarantine away from their residences. The state government put the norms in place in view of the newly discovered mutated strain of the coronavirus. 

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